We may have gone local on Gran Canaria but we don’t assume you have or even want to. Which is why this guide is as much for tourists as it for potential expats. And so we turn our attention to one of the island’s most popular resorts, Amadores.
Located in the south west of the island, this resort belongs to Mogán municipality. Travelling from Gran Canaria airport along the GC-1, it will take you just over half an hour to arrive. But beware of poor signposting which could mean you miss your turn-off. Look out for Tauro and all will be fine. There’s also a fast 91 service from Global which bypasses many of the stops the slower 1 picks up from and drops off at. Here are our top three things to do here.
- Hit the beach in Amadores
- Eat and drink in Amadores
- Stay in Amadores
1. Hit the beach in Amadores
The 800-metre stretch of beach is the resort’s main draw. Prepare to walk on eggshells here. Or more accurately crushed coral which was imported from the Caribbean to create this artificial beach, with the calmest of waters, in the first years of the new millennium.
This playa’s one of Gran Canaria’s most family-friendly beaches. Particularly if you visit Ocean Fun Park, effectively an inflatable assault course. It costs 7€ for 40 minutes, although you might prefer the 18€ all-day option.
2. Eat and drink in Amadores
There are plenty of places to eat and drink here. From the exclusive Amadores Beach Club, part-owned by Spain international midfielder David Silva, to The Irish Cottage if you’re suffering from morning fry-up withdrawal symptoms. Not forgetting the unassuming Restaurante Zenubia for the freshest fish dishes.
3. Stay in Amadores
Mr Gran Canaria Local has had two sleepovers in this resort, thanks to his day(-and-night) job as Telegraph Travel’s Gran Canaria hotel reviewer. The suitably glorious Gloria Palace Royal was pretty special. Even more memorable was a recent stay in Gloria Palace Amadores, heading towards Puerto Rico.
Riu are another of Mr GCL faves and they have Clubhotel Riu Vistamar here, which offers epic views of the resort and beyond. For a cheaper option, you might want to consider booking an apartment such as the stylish Villas de Amadores. Mr Gran Canaria Local also liked the look of the Bahia Blanca Apartments on his last visit to the resort and duly noted the name down in his reporter’s notebook. Rather closer to the beach are Apartamentos Terraza de Amadores whose interior represents the Atlantic with hues of ocean blue and turquoise.